Tax­man’s court bid to get Boro cash

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THE com­pany that runs Nuneaton Town Foot­ball Club was fac­ing a wind­ing up or­der in the High Court yes­ter­day – although there are re­ports it was due to be dis­missed.

The tax­man brought the wind­ing up pe­ti­tion be­fore the Royal Courts of Jus­tice in Lon­don in re­la­tion to Boro Leisure Lim­ited, which owns the town’s club.

But the Nuneaton Town Sup­port­ers Co-op­er­a­tive posted on Twit­ter that it has been told by club chair­man Lee Thorn that the sit­u­a­tion has been re­solved with HMRC and the or­der was to be dis­missed in court.

The tweet read: “The Co-op­er­a­tive have been in­formed by the foot­ball club chair­man that the wind­ing up or­der against the club was ad­dressed a few weeks ago and the or­der has been dis­missed. As per pre­vi­ous state­ments, we seek to meet the club to dis­cuss matters and how we can sup­port the club.” But there has still been no of­fi­cial con­fir­ma­tion from the club it­self. The Tele­graph has seen a screen­shot of an email, ap­par­ently from HMRC, which states the debt was set­tled and that the or­der was to be dis­missed when it was raised in court.

The Tele­graph has made re­peated at­tempts to con­tact the Boro chair­man for a com­ment about the hear­ing. Con­tact was made with the Va­narama Na­tional League North and HMRC but nether was able to com­ment on the case.

The case was listed for Wed­nes­day morn­ing as num­ber 56 in Court 23 in The Rolls Build­ings be­fore deputy in­sol­vency and com­pa­nies court Judge Mullen.

Boro Leisure Lim­ited has also failed to fil­ing its ac­counts on time for the year end­ing June 30 2017.

The Com­pa­nies House web­site says the ac­counts were due on March 31.

The news of the wind­ing up or­der comes a day af­ter the club an­nounced that last night’s home game against Bos­ton would have to be played at a neu­tral venue. It was due to be played at Lib­erty Way but Boro had posted on Twit­ter that the game had to be post­poned due to flood­light fail­ure.

It was then re-ar­ranged to take place at Al­fre­ton Town’s Im­pact Arena. The Tele­graph con­tacted the Va­narama Na­tional League North about the home game switch but a spokesper­son said: “The League can­not com­ment on this.”

They also said they could not com­ment on the wind­ing up or­der.

Ac­cord­ing the gov­ern­ment web­site, you can ap­ply to the court to close or ‘wind up’ a com­pany if it can’t pay its debts. This is also known as com­pul­sory liq­ui­da­tion.

To wind up a com­pany you must be owed £750 or more and be able to prove that the com­pany can’t pay you.

An ap­pli­ca­tion to the court is known as a ‘wind­ing up pe­ti­tion.’ If you’re suc­cess­ful the com­pany as­sets are sold, any le­gal dis­putes are set­tled, the com­pany col­lects money it’s owed and funds are paid to you and any other cred­i­tors.

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